Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has slammed Ministers for their latest approach to the violent crime crisis which is set to shift the responsibility for funding police resources to local government.  The Treasury and the Home Office have agreed to double the amount that councils can add to council tax bills to pay for policing from £1 per month to £2 per month. 

This week Chancellor Philip Hammond produced his last budget before we exit the European Union. There were plenty of tricks in his Red Box.

Some were good, like his support for the Long Live the Local campaign led by the British Beer and Pub Association, which resulted in a .a freeze on Beer Duty Tax and greater business rate relief for smaller local pubs.

Today the Offensive Weapons Bill was discussed in parliament. As part of a Serious Violence Strategy which includes the outlining of a number of new criminal offences such as;

The selling of certain corrosive substances to under-18s, and possessing a corrosive substance in a public place. Current legislation means that there is a defence for possessing a corrosive substance for good reason in a public place.

This week the Mayor of London has announced his plans to introduce a Violence Reduction Unit in London, a scheme piloted in Glasgow to reduce the number of violent crimes.

The scheme addresses violent crime as a public health issue and in doing so seeks to create a multi-agency approach that specialises in early intervention. The project has been launched with £500,000 worth of funding and will be working with schools, healthcare professionals, local councils and the police to try and divert young people from a life of crime, in particular violent crime.

This week Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced a welcome boost in the fight against violent crime in across London. 122 officers are being temporarily moved from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command to join the City Hall funded Violent Crime Taskforce.